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Lake Como Escape (Giro di Lombardia)

12th - 15th octubre 2018

Say goodbye to the summer with the season’s final Monument.

Il Lombardia, also known as the ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’, is the traditional Classic closing the pro cycling season. It is redolent of the romance of the turning year, and the amazing roads through the wooded hills around Lake Como are a stunning backdrop. Visit the cyclists’ chapel, the Santuario della Madonna del Ghisallo, take a coffee in the opulent town of Bellagio on the lake and participate in the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia – this Escape is the perfect way to end the season.

Single occupancy — €1.600 per person
Double occupancy — €1.350 per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Escapes are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Escape stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Escapes showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Escapes are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Escapes include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Day 0, Arrival Day The Classic Triangolo 87 KM 2200 M
Day 1 Around Lake Como 120 KM 3000 M
Day 2 Into Lugano 117 KM 2800 M
Day 3, Departure Day Gran Fondo

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Day 0, Arrival Day

The Classic Triangolo

Land in Milan and join the Rapha Travel team at the hotel for an afternoon spin toward the Classic Triangolo Lariano


87 KM


2200 M


Hotel Cruise

Major Climbs

Muro di Sormano

Day 1

Around Lake Como

Warm up on the Lake before heading to the Schignano Climb and the super steep Ponna Climb following by the Rifugio Venni for finally coming to Lake Como.


120 KM


3000 M


Hotel Cruise

Major Climbs

Schignano and Ponna Climbs

Day 2

Into Lugano

Today we ahead to the Osteno and Ramponio Climbs.


117 KM


2800 M


Hotel Cruise

Major Climbs

Osteno and Ramponio Climbs

Day 3, Departure Day

Gran Fondo

Ride the Gran Fondo (subject to organiser confirmation) A well organised ride taking in the route of the Giro di Lombardia. Enjoy more of the incredible riding this area has to offer. Self transfer back to Milan airport at the end of the Sportive.

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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 2016


What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)


Email: travel@rapha.cc

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Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)